Welcome to Grammar Lesson Monday!
This continuous series will address many common grammar mistakes made in the media and that I've seen more than once. I strive to make the world a better place with good grammar.
Today, we will learn about when to use underline or italics...Part 2.
I got my reference for this here.
You never use both underline and italics. It's one or the other, and you should be consistent throughout your document; meaning, if you choose to underline things, then only use underlines...the same applies for italics. Personally, I prefer italics, but if your word processor doesn't support italics, then you'll have to use underlines.
Let's address the more obscure underline or italics today. Anything listed below should always be underlined or italicized. Do not put these in quotations!
Vehicles, but not car brand names (like Orient Express, Challenger, U.S.S. Pinafore)
Emphasis (like when you're writing for Chandler Bing and you want to say, "The hills are alive with the sound of music.")
Words as words (like referring to words in a sentence: Define hebetudinous for me, please.)
-> I realize that I'm totally guilty of not following this rule - when I say, "Today, we will learn about the difference between 'fewer' and 'less,'" I can simplify it by just saying, fewer and less. I learned something new myself! Hope you did, too.
That's it for today. Celebrate good grammar!
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